ASPEN’s March 2017 Newsletter

Join ASPEN on
Friday, March 31st at 6 pm
Livingston Train Depot
Annual Soup to End the Silence Fundraiser

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids 6 and up.

Your generous support helps provide needed services for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Tickets include unlimited soup from 8 local restaurants, bread and desserts. There will be live music, roaming magicians, special guest speaker and a silent auction.
Call 222-5902 or email for tickets
or if you can't make it, click below to make a dontation.

Why we need feminism
Feminists do not believe women are better than men, or that women deserve special privileges. They do not believe women are victims.
In order to be considered a feminist, you only need to be on board with one idea: All humans, male and female, should have equal political, economic and social rights.
Empowering women does not mean belittling or punishing men. Men, too, suffer from gender role assumptions that place expectations upon them to live and act a certain way. Feminists believe each person should be viewed based on their individual strengths and capabilities as a human being, not the strengths and capabilities assumed of their gender. They believe every person should be treated equally — not because of gender, but in spite of it.
We still need feminism because when people get married it is assumed the woman will take the man’s last name. Because when women are assaulted, they are often the ones who feel ashamed.
We still need feminism because we teach women how to prevent rape, instead of teaching people to not view women as objects. Because women are told that walking alone at night makes them “an easy target.” Because, sometimes, a movie’s rating (PG-13 versus R) depends on how much a female appears to be enjoying sex in a certain scene.
We still need feminism because our bodies are still being legislated, because McDonald’s still asks us if we want a girl or boy toy, because we use terms like “bitch” and pussy” to imply weakness
Read more here: huffingtonpost

Screening of "It happen here"
and a Q&A with producer, Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen.
April 20 at 6:30 pm @ The Dulcie Theatre
located at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts
Livingston, MT

IT HAPPENED HERE explores sexual assault on campuses through the personal testimonials of five survivors who transform their experiences into a springboard for change.

Laugh Out Livingston
with headliner Rich Hall
Enjoy an evening of laughter and fun!
July 15, 2017
The Attic, Livingston
A benefit for ASPEN!

Presale tickets go on sale March 31!
Adult only event

New Advocate Training
May 6th at 8:30-4:30 pm
ASPEN office
If your words could heal, would you speak up?
If your presence could provide comfort, would you show up?
If you answered yes, consider becoming a Volunteer Advocate. Volunteer Advocates provide support, advocacy, and referrals for survivors of sexual assault, their families, and loved ones. Volunteer Advocates will work 1-on-1 with shelter participants by giving referrals, safety planning, and being a safe person to talk to.
You are provided a cell phone, so your personal contact information is completely confidential.
Fill out an application here:
For more information contact Mary Young at 406-222-5902 ext 5 or

24 hour support line: 406-222-8154
Office number: 406-222-5902
PO Box 653, Livingston, MT 59047